Complete our optional online application if you are interested in teaching Geri-Fit at a licensed facility. Geri-Fit training programs are accredited through NSCA, ACE, and the California Department of Social Services. Our next tour date is Saturday August 12, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL. Registration is now open. Click on the link for more information or to sign up.
Boca Raton, FL Saturday, August 12, 2017. Registration deadline is 6/30/17.
Greenville, SC Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Registration deadline is 8/10/17.
Phoenix, AZ Sunday, October 8, 2017. Registration deadline is 9/1/17.
Temecula, CA Saturday, October 21, 2017. Registration deadline is 9/23/17.
The Geri-Fit Company offers accredited continuing education programs for fitness instructors, personal trainers, caregivers and other healthcare professionals. The courses are approved by the State of California Department of Social Services (CDSS)*, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Association for Activity Professionals.
Geri-Fit training and certification will provide you with working knowledge of teaching safe and effective strength training exercise that will improve clients’ functional capacity, arthritic conditions, and increase their balance, flexibility and strength. You will also learn when to institute exercise modifications and substitutions when teaching a senior fitness class or working privately with older adults. There are no aerobics, choreography, dancing or floorwork used as part of the training. Most of the strength training exercises and stretches you’ll be learning will be performed seated in chairs.
The accredited training program is open to the public regardless of your credentials or experience. Ideal candidates should already be certified by a nationally-recognized fitness organization such as NSCA, ACE, AFFA, ACSM, W.I.T.S., AFPA, IFPA, NASM, NESTA, or NFPT and/or have a minimum of 2 years experience teaching group exercise classes or personal fitness training. We also accept candidates with degrees in exercise physiology, kinesiology, gerokinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and other medical professions.
Study time and exercise practice varies from 20-80 hours, depending on your experience with strength training and your knowledge of the exercises. Training consists of watching a few strength training dvds, interacting through our state-of-the-art online training education center, reading the instructor manual, and practicing (describing the exercises in less than 30 seconds each) the strength training exercises and stretches that are used in Geri-Fit® exercise program. Prior manual and video review are required before attending the workshop.
Instructors attend a one day, 8-hour training workshop led by a Geri-Fit Master Trainer, licensed physical therapist, or occupational therapist and undergo a Practical Exam throughout the day. There’s also a 100-question open book written exam with a 75% grade or better needed in order to pass.
If you can't attend a live, instructor-led certification workshop, we have an accredited online training course which is also approved by ACE and NSCA for 2.0 CEUs (CECs).
Our HELP Desk is divided into categories in order for you to find the answer to your question more readily. Click on these categories below or use our Search box to find the answers to your questions. If you can't find the answer to your question, email us and we'll be happy to help you.
Getting Certified to teach
|I can't afford the certification and training fees. How do I get help with getting some of the costs covered?||Answer|
|Does Geri-Fit offer any internship programs?||Answer|
|If I am going to be teaching at a company-owned and managed location, do I need to obtain my own Professional Liability Insurance?||Answer|
|Besides insurance, are there any other requirements in becoming an instructor and teaching at a company-owned and managed location?||Answer|
|I've been teaching Silver Sneakers for years. Why do I still have to go through Geri-Fit training in order to each the Geri-Fit exercise program?||Answer|
|If I don't want or need the CECs or CEUs, is there any discount off the price of the course(s)?||Answer|
|How is the Geri-Fit distance learning course different than other older adult fitness certifications?||Answer|
|Do I have to bring weights to class for the participants to use, or do they bring their own?||Answer|
|I'm certified by YogaFit. Will Geri-Fit's recognized training programs apply toward my YogaFit recertification requirements?||Answer|
|Are any workouts included in the Advanced Strength Training Techniques for Older Adults continuing education course?||Answer|
|Am I able to give or share my user name and password with my friend or colleague?||Answer|
|How did Geri-Fit get started?||Answer|
|I am unable to log-on to Geri-Fit's training website. How do I regain access?||Answer|
|Getting Certified to teach||Index|
|Do all instructors need to go through training before becoming a certified Geri-Fit instructor?||Answer|
|Am I able to take Geri-Fit training even if I don't want to buy a license?||Answer|
|There are two methods in becoming a Geri-Fit® instructor: an in-person 1 day training, and online training. Which is the better way to learn?||Answer|
|How do I take the Practical Exam?||Answer|
|How long will it take for me to learn Geri-Fit's Advanced Strength Training Techniques online course?||Answer|
|Where can I teach once I get certified in Geri-Fit?||Answer|
|I am Zumba Gold certified. Does that qualify me to teach the Geri-Fit program?||Answer|
|What materials do I receive when taking the Geri-Fit online continuing education course?||Answer|
|If I don't pass the practical exam, can I take it again?||Answer|
|How do I obtain the Geri-Fit lesson plans?||Answer|
|What type of training will I receive when taking the Geri-Fit certification?||Answer|
|If I don't take the written exam and/or practical exam, can I still get 2.0 CEUs or CECs or contact hours recorded?||Answer|
|If I am an approved FLEX instructor, can I teach Geri-Fit under the Silver Sneakers health plans?||Answer|
|How do I obtain the Affidavit to get my Practical Exam graded?||Answer|
|I am a certified Yoga instructor but would like additional training in order to teach older adult fitness? Will your distance learning class accomplish that?||Answer|
|What are some of the skills needed to become a certified Geri-Fit instructor?||Answer|
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